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Success! Tibarimbasa from Uganda raised $228 to fund a hysterectomy.

Tibarimbasa
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  • $228 raised, $0 to go
$228
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tibarimbasa's treatment was fully funded on February 20, 2021.

Photo of Tibarimbasa post-operation

February 22, 2021

Tibarimbasa underwent a hysterectomy.

Tibarimbasa underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare, and the surgery was successful. Tibarimbasa has now returned home and is feeling well. Now, she’s feeling confident that she’ll be able to practice farming with ease since she will no longer be in pain. After her surgery Tibarimbasa said, “I thank God for bringing the Watsi program into existence and being there for the poor and needy like me. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”

Tibarimbasa underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare, and the surgery was successful. Ti...

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December 9, 2020

Tibarimbasa is a 60-year-old lady from Uganda. She shared with us that over the course of her life, she has had 12 pregnancies all together; including three miscarriages and one lost one-year-old child. Her firstborn is 38 years old, and her last born is now 19 years old. Tibarimbasa and her husband are both small scale farmers, but her husband has had to stop for the time being due to his health condition.

For the last two years, Tibarimbasa has been experiencing severe abdominal pains. She has continually visited a couple of health units for treatment, which have only managed to give her medication providing short-term relief. Tibarimbasa reports that she experiences pains all over her body, especially in her arms and her back. The pain prevents her from bending over during farming, which has affected her crop production. She occasionally suffers from mild headaches, and finds it difficult to comfortably turn while she is resting in bed.

Upon arriving at Rushoroza Hospital, Tibarimbasa was diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, she could develop endometrial cancer. Her existing pains could worsen and stop her from doing her usual day to day activities completely. Her family currently cannot afford the surgery charges, and appeal for financial help.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tibarimbasa’s surgery. On December 11th, she will undergo a hysterectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Tibarimbasa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Tibarimbasa shared, “I pray that I may be considered for surgery because my family cannot afford the surgery charges. I will resume farming as soon as possible to be able to take good care of my family.”

Tibarimbasa is a 60-year-old lady from Uganda. She shared with us that over the course of her life, she has had 12 pregnancies all together;...

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Tibarimbasa's Timeline

  • December 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tibarimbasa was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • December 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tibarimbasa received treatment at Rushoroza Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • December 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tibarimbasa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tibarimbasa's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tibarimbasa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $228 for Tibarimbasa's treatment
Hospital Fees
$135
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$24
Supplies
$38
Labs
$20
Other
$11
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Symptoms vary depending on the condition that requires the total abdominal hysterectomy. If the cause is cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, there may not be symptoms, especially if the cancer is early-stage. In more advanced cases of cervical and uterine cancers, abnormal bleeding, unusual discharge, and pelvic or abdominal pain can occur. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include trouble eating, trouble feeling full, bloating, and urinary abnormality. If the cause is fibroids, symptoms may include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, and swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Fibroids can grow large, cause abdominal pain and swelling, and lead to recurring bleeding and anemia. Cancer can cause pain and lead to death.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a HIV infection. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African women in areas of high HIV prevalence. Cervical cancer is also more prevalent in Africa than in the United States due to the lack of early-detection screening programs. The other conditions treated by a total abdominal hysterectomy are not necessarily more common in Africa.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first reports for laboratory testing. The following day, the patient undergoes surgery. After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital ward for three to four days, during which she is continually monitored. The surgery is considered successful if the wound heals without infection, bleeding, or fever, and if the patient no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

In the case of uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer, a total abdominal hysterectomy is curative.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If performed early enough, this surgery is low-risk and curative, with few side effects.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This surgery is available, but many patients cannot afford it. Many women are screened for cervical cancer with a low-cost alternative to a pap smear. This is common in HIV treatment programs. If necessary, the woman is referred for surgery, which she often cannot afford.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If cervical cancer is caught early enough, some minor procedures can solve the problem. Women with fibroids who still wish to have children may opt to undergo a surgery only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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